Whip It

Whip It, one of the first feature films shot primarily in Ypsilanti, is scheduled to hit theaters shortly. Here’s the trailer. Watch it, and, if you can identify a local landmark, leave a comment.

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  1. Posted September 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    What field was that?

  2. Kim
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    The bar scene is the Elbow Room, right? And I think I see some of Michigan Avenue, right outside of the Terry Bakery.

  3. Kristin
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure, but may I share that when I was driving down Washtenaw last night the YpsiArbor Bowl looked like fireworks, it was beautiful. Unless there were fireworks somewhere, and then I was just passing YpsiArbor Bowl.

  4. Posted September 4, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    1:24 Oak Street I think the house interior was shot there too

  5. Michale Pell
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Is :46 the Wolverine?

  6. John Gawlas
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    We want the pinball machine back at Wolverine.

  7. tommy
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Is :50 or so seconds in one of the antique shops in Depot Town?

  8. Steven
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if the first scene – a kind of beauty pageant shot – was filmed in the old EMU ballroom. I think it may have been.

  9. Joanne
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    They shot on S. Summit last year, I think in the large white house or one of those houses for where someone lives we were told. Roads were blocked, large trucks were all over. Security was camped at the white house for weeks.

  10. Benjamin Miller
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    The one I noticed first was Terry Bakery where the dudes are goofing off. As soon as I saw this trailer on the side of Youtube I posted the picture!

  11. Joanne
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I read they shot the derby rink in Saline in a warehouse.

  12. Benjamin Miller
    Posted September 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I wonder, when she’s skating around that circle at night, if that’s Helen or Oak or Virginia near the City Limit.

  13. Tom
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    1:24 is the end of Virgina Place, not Oak.

  14. Tim
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    At :45 scene in restaurant, kid on far left is my best friend’s little brother, Doug Minckiewicz hailing from Southgate (downriver).

    We (emYOU! The Magazine) were also invited to the red carpet premiere on 9/11 in Farmington Hills. We get to ask 2 questions and take photos. Any suggestions as to questions we should ask?

    From just being around and knowing Andy (Elbow Room) farely well this is a list of possible questions:

    1. Favorite thing about shooting in Ypsi?
    2. What was your first shotgun like? (In reference to her shotgunning a beer for the first time at the Elbow Room)
    3. How was it to direct your first film?
    4. Would you shoot/direct a film in Michigan again?
    5. Do you love Ypsi the same way Jimmy Fallon does?

  15. Christine M
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I think the derby scenes were actually shot in Detroit at the old Masonic temple in the art deco style ballroom where the Detroit Derby Girls play. But I think they also did some in Saline.

    I spent a ridiculous amount of time outside that old house on Summit street watching them film. Have a bunch of pictures from it some guy gave me.

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